10-Keyed Clarinet

Description (Brief)
This clarinet was made by an unknown maker, possibly in England around 1800 to 1825. It is a 10-keyed clarinet in C, made of boxwood with German silver ferrules and keys. The top section and bell are stamped with a “unicorn head.”

A number of English instrument makers of the era stamped their instruments with a unicorn head, which is an emblem of British royalty.
Currently not on view
Date made
place made
United Kingdom: England
Physical Description
boxwood (overall material)
German silver (overall material)
overall: 20 1/2 in x 2 3/4 in; 52.07 cm x 6.985 cm
barrel: 1 11/16 in x 1 1/4 in; 4.28625 cm x 3.175 cm
upper joint: 8 1/8 in x 1 5/8 in; 20.6375 cm x 4.1275 cm
lower joint: 8 7/8 in x 2 in; 22.5425 cm x 5.08 cm
bell: 4 1/4 in x 2 3/4 in; 10.795 cm x 6.985 cm
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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